At 32 mpg overall, this generation Corolla's fuel economy was among the best we'd measured in any conventional car with an automatic transmission, other than a hybrid or a diesel. The manual transmission model gets the same fuel economy as the automatic. The pleasant and refined Corolla provides a comfortable ride, an improved driving position, and a roomier rear seat, compared with the previous model.
Alerts
There are 13 recalls on this vehicle. Learn More.

Road Test Results

Performance
Acceleration Acceleration Acceleration tests are conducted on a smooth, flat pavement straightaway at the track. Time, speed, and distance measurements are taken with a precise GPS-based device that’s hooked to a data-logging computer.
0 to 60 mph 0 to 60 mph (sec.) The time in seconds that a vehicle takes to reach 60 mph from a standstill with the engine idling.
Transmission Transmission Transmission performance is determined by shifting smoothness, response, shifter action, and clutch actuation for manual transmissions.
Braking Braking The braking rating is a composite of wet and dry stopping distances and pedal feel. Braking distance is from 60 mph, with no wheels locked.
Emergency Handling Emergency Handling Several factors go into the rating, including the avoidance maneuver speed and confidence, as well as how the vehicle behaves when pushed to its limit.
Comfort / Convenience
Ride Ride Our expert judgment of how well the suspension isolates and absorbs road imperfections and how steady it keeps the body on various road surfaces.
Noise Noise Our expert judgment of the vehicle's interior noise level in everyday driving.
Front Seat Comfort Front Seat Comfort Our judgment of how comfortable the front seat is for drivers of various heights.
Rear Seat Comfort Rear Seat Comfort Our judgment of how comfortable the rear seat is for two passengers to sit across.
Interior Fit and Finish Interior Fit and Finish An expert evaluation of the interior quality and craftsmanship.
Trunk/Cargo Area Trunk/Cargo Area Our rating is based on the amount of luggage or cargo space that a vehicle has in the trunk or cargo area.
Fuel Economy & Emissions
Fuel Economy Fuel Economy We perform our own fuel-economy tests, independent of the government's often-quoted EPA figures and the manufacturers' claims. Using a precise fuel-flow measuring device spliced into the fuel line, we run two separate circuits to represent city and highway consumption.
CR's Overall Mileage CR's Overall Mileage CR's overall mileage is a composite of measured fuel usage on a prescribed city course and highway cruising; and CR's 150-mile test trip of mixed driving, if tested. In recent road tests, we've discontinued the 150-mile trip test.
CR's City Mileage CR's City Mileage Measured fuel usage on a prescribed city course.
CR's Highway Mileage CR's Highway Mileage Measured fuel usage on a prescribed highway cruising.
Annual Fuel Cost Annual Fuel Cost The cost and amount of fuel used in 12,000 miles and is calculated from CR's overall mileage.
Greenhouse Gas Greenhouse Gas The Greenhouse Gas Rating represents the amount of carbon dioxide the vehicle emits compared to other vehicles of the same model year. This score from the EPA ranges from 1 (worst) to 10 (best).
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Smog Rating Smog Rating The Smog Rating represents the amount of health-damaging and smog-forming airborne pollutants the vehicle emits compared to other vehicles of the same model year. This score from the EPA ranges from 1 (worst) to 10 (best).
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Owner Reports

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Reliability History Reliability History The reliability charts are based on responses on hundreds of thousands of vehicles from our latest Annual Auto Survey. Consumer Reports subscribers reported on any serious problems they had with their vehicles during the past 12 months that they considered serious because of cost, failure, safety, or downtime, in any of the trouble spots included in the table below. The results are presented relative to the average model that year. Extra weight is given to the more serious areas such as major engine or transmission problems. Based on this data and further analysis, we predict reliability for the latest year. N/A indicates that we did not receive a large enough sample size to provide data for a specific year. An X indicates that the vehicle was not manufactured for a specific year.
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Engine Major Engine Major Engine rebuild or replacement, cylinder head, head gasket, turbo or supercharger, timing chain or timing belt.
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Engine Minor Engine Minor Accessory belts and pulleys, engine computer, engine mounts, engine knock or ping, oil leaks.
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Engine Cooling Engine Cooling Radiator, cooling fan, antifreeze leaks, water pump, thermostat, overheating.
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Transmission Major Transmission Major Transmission rebuild or replacement, torque converter, clutch replacement.
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Transmission Minor Transmission Minor Gear selector or linkage, leaks, transmission computer, transmission sensor or solenoid, clutch adjustment, rough shifting, slipping transmission.
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Drive System Drive System Driveshaft or axle, CV joint, differential, transfer case, 4WD/AWD components, driveline vibration, traction control, electronic stability control (ESC), electrical failure.
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Owner Satisfaction Owner Satisfaction To learn about satisfaction, CR has collected survey data from our annual survey on more than half a million vehicles. Our subscribers provide great insights into their satisfaction by answering one simple question: If they had it to do all over again, would they definitely buy or lease the same model? In addition, respondents also rate their cars in six categories: driving experience, comfort, value, styling, audio, and climate systems. N/A indicates that we did not receive a large enough sample size to provide data for a specific year. An X indicates that the vehicle was not manufactured for a specific year.
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Driving Experience Driving Experience Includes acceleration and handling
Comfort Comfort Includes seats, climate control, noise, and ride
Value Value Did you get what you wanted relative to the price you paid?
Styling Styling How it looks inside and out
Safety Equipment
ABS and side air bags available, standard from 2009. Head protection air bags available from 2005, standard from 2009. ESC available from 2005, standard from 2010. Forward collision warning and automatic emergency braking standard from 2017.
Road Test

At 32 mpg overall, this generation Corolla's fuel economy was among the best we'd measured in any conventional car with an automatic transmission, other than a hybrid or a diesel. The manual transmission model gets the same fuel economy as the automatic. The pleasant and refined Corolla provides a comfortable ride, an improved driving position, and a roomier rear seat, compared with the previous model. Interior fit and finish isn't quite as good though. Aided by electronic stability control, handling is responsive and secure, though not sporty.

Seating
2 front, 3 rear
Drive Wheels
Front
Warranty
Coverage varies among versions of this vehicle

In most cases, automotive warranties are based on the vehicle identification number (VIN), and the warranty will be valid regardless of ownership. The dealership can tell you exactly how much warranty is left.

Read more about extended warranties
Body Styles
sedan
Transmissions Available
  • 5-speed Manual
  • 5-speed Automatic
  • 4-speed Automatic
Engines Available
  • 1.8-liter 4 (132 hp)
  • 2.4-liter 4 (158 hp)

Owner Reported Trouble Spots

The Reliability score is based on our latest subscriber survey of 2009 Toyota Corolla owners. The owner comments describe problems respondents experienced with this vehicle.

Paint/Trim

Paint (fading, chalking, cracking, or peeling), loose interior and exterior trim or moldings, rust.

What Owners Say

Loose exterior trim or moldings

"the front grill fell off after replacing it twice"

Anonymous, CA (2009 Toyota Corolla LE)

"Car front bumper/panel is too low and constantly scrapes on anything but a very shallow drive/exit ramp. Both front quarter panels have popped loose and will not stay reattached. Guard under the front is too low and had to be removed because it con"

Anonymous, WA (2009 Toyota Corolla S 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"The plastic inner wheel well on the front passenger side came loose, on the express way, battering the passenger door requiring body shop work. Rear bumper spoiler constantly comes loose"

Anonymous, CA (2009 Toyota Corolla S 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"front moldings fell off at the slightest disturbance, are now missing"

Richard L., WI (2009 Toyota Corolla LE)

"Fender linings loose"

Edward M., TN (2009 Toyota Corolla XRS 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"Rubber molding/trim around windows has deteriorated, and is coming loose"

Carl M., TX (2009 Toyota Corolla LE 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"Bolt on front bumper fell off"

Anonymous, VA (2009 Toyota Corolla LE 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"Front bumpers damage easily and cannot be fixed without replacing underpinnings"

Anonymous, CT (2009 Toyota Corolla S)

"The exterior bumpers are extremely fragile particularly in very cold temperatures and have cracked and pulled loose with minor contact with ice"

Anonymous, ON (2009 Toyota Corolla LE 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"Front Fenders are held on with small plastic tabs. They break and the body portion of fender actually flaps and opens gaps. Amazingly cheap poor design. Electrical ties can be used to repair or replace expensive full fender and surround."

Anonymous, AL (2009 Toyota Corolla S 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Plastic linking of wheel wells coming loose."

Joel A., FL (2009 Toyota Corolla S 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"The bumbers became unlatched from the body after a minor contact with an obsticle that did not bend the body but poped the tabs holding the fender. The fender could not be reattached without a body shop fixing the fasteners."

Anonymous, AZ (2009 Toyota Corolla LE 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"Loose front bumper plastic."

Anonymous, OK (2009 Toyota Corolla LE 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"The plastic bumpers are a design flaw. the attachment hardware is so poor that a slight colision at parking lot speeds dislodged the plastic bumper from the metal part of the fender. This cost several hundred $ to fix."

Anonymous, AZ (2009 Toyota Corolla LE 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"rubber mouldings stained the windows and flap in the wind. not what one expects in a totota"

Anonymous, FL (2009 Toyota Corolla LE 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Front fender system comes unclipped and has to be pushed back into place regularly"

Anonymous, (2009 Toyota Corolla S 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"Elastomeric trim failed and had to be replaced"

Anonymous, TX (2009 Toyota Corolla S 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"Rubber seal around the windows dried up cracked due to exposure to the sun."

Anonymous, FL (2009 Toyota Corolla S 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"The trim around the wheel wells on both front wheels has come loose 2 or 3 times. The clips used are faulty. They are loose as we speak."

Anonymous, (2009 Toyota Corolla S Unsure)

"The front fender attachments to both front wheel wells are loose causing them to stick out about 1/2 inch. The fasteners are defective. They have had a temporary fix but they have both become loose again."

Anonymous, (2009 Toyota Corolla S Unsure)

"Window seals deteriorated and failed - allowing water in."

Jane W., TX (2009 Toyota Corolla S 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"it looks terrible"

Anonymous, FL (2009 Toyota Corolla LE 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Mud guards fell off the undercarriage. The front bumper's screws tore through the plastic to which they were attached"

Paul S., VA (2009 Toyota Corolla S 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"Rubber seal on driver window failed and had to be replaced"

Jane W., TX (2009 Toyota Corolla S 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"The front panel has come loose due to a loss of a plastic screw that held it to the frame"

Mollie T., WA (2009 Toyota Corolla Base 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"Door trim for glass window came off"

Anonymous, CA (2009 Toyota Corolla LE 1.8-L 4 Cyl)
Loose interior trim or moldings

"Door gasket separated from frame and is hanging loose. Need to reglue"

Anonymous, VA (2009 Toyota Corolla LE 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"loose fitting and rattles at higher speeds"

Anonymous, MD (2009 Toyota Corolla S 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"Several large plastic pieces of trim on the driver's side have popped out. The holes that their tabs fit into have enlarged over time and will no longer hold the trim"

Paul S., VA (2009 Toyota Corolla S 1.8-L 4 Cyl)
Paint (fading, chalking, cracking, or peeling)

"Paint bubbles formed on the hood in two different areas. Notify Toyota who would not stand behind it. Claimed that someone dropped battery acid on hood. Battery only on one side of car and no one dropped battery acid. I paid privately for repaint"

Joel A., FL (2009 Toyota Corolla S 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"Could be from living at altitude -- constant sun exposure. But it is distressing that the paint on the hood is fading/cracking"

Anonymous, WA (2009 Toyota Corolla S 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Clear coat is fading and starting to look bad, especially the roof"

Carl M., TX (2009 Toyota Corolla LE 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"Paint was peeling in the lower quarter panel"

Marc S., MB (2009 Toyota Corolla S 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"cheap paint job overall. too easy to scratch and doesn't touch up well. bumpers are cheap plastic that doesn't hold paint well at all"

Anonymous, MD (2009 Toyota Corolla S 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"the paint is total gone on hood and roof down to primer. I have three other Toyota and have no paint problems with them"

Anonymous, NM (2009 Toyota Corolla Base 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"The paint looks like it's peeling."

Joe V., CA (2009 Toyota Corolla LE 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"Paint is chalking. Difficult to remove stains."

John S., FL (2009 Toyota Corolla S 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"Purchased car new, Color is white. Within 3 years paint started flaking off front spoiler and grill surround. Toyota would not repair our of warranty. After 9 years now paint is very dull, very oxidized, even after parking nightly in a carport. Would not recommend Toyota White."

Anonymous, AL (2009 Toyota Corolla S 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"clear coating cracking and creating a rough surface on the forward roof top, trunk spoiler, forward lower side trim on bumper paint cracking."

David M., CA (2009 Toyota Corolla XRS 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Paint on the roof is oxidized"

Anonymous, CA (2009 Toyota Corolla)

"Exposure to direct sunlight and salt air caused fading chalking and now rusting on roof and top of trunk."

Jack S., TX (2009 Toyota Corolla)

"The paint on the roof is fading and pealing. I keep the care in a garage most of its life."

Anonymous, AZ (2009 Toyota Corolla LE 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"From what I can put together Toyota had a problem with some primer. The primer didn't adhered properly and allows the paint to peel, down to the metal. The problem started as chalky looking paint in the fall of 2018 and the paint and primer soon started peeling from the roof of the car. Now the trunk and hood have started looking chalky. Toyota does not recognized this as a problem, out of warranty mostly, but they also don't acknowledge the problem exists. The issue is unresolved, it's hard to spend this amount of money, mostly for cosmetics, on a car that's supposed to be an economy model."

Anonymous, CO (2009 Toyota Corolla Base 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"paint fade in differt places"

Anonymous, TX (2009 Toyota Corolla Base 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"Paint on the roof discoloring and peeling 2 years ago. Did not repair"

Anonymous, (2009 Toyota Corolla LE 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"Paint has been poor quality since it was delivered. Now it's starting to peel in some places. All paint is faded. Doesn't affect function of the car, but it looks pretty ghetto. Not as bad as 1990 Mazda Protege."

Anonymous, (2009 Toyota Corolla LE 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"On all toyotas I have owned the paint becomes a problem after about 8. on the 2009 it started to peal on the roofand engine hood The roof is starting to rust thru the cracks."

Anonymous, AZ (2009 Toyota Corolla LE 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"Known problem with white Toyota Corollas. Already had two body panels repainted because of peeling paint. Now the paint on the hood is peeling. Toyota has now issued a service bulletin and has a program to address it. Haven't been able to take advantage of it yet because of ongoing pandemic."

Anonymous, VA (2009 Toyota Corolla LE 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"Paint on the roof has a spot where paint has deteriorated."

Anonymous, FL (2009 Toyota Corolla XLE 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"The paint has lost its luster and looks like mold in spots."

Anonymous, VA (2009 Toyota Corolla XLE 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"paint coating peeled off. looks awful"

Anonymous, FL (2009 Toyota Corolla LE 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Scratches very easily."

Anonymous, CA (2009 Toyota Corolla LE Unsure)

"Hood paint is fading and peeling. Coating is completely gone"

Anonymous, (2009 Toyota Corolla S 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"This car is parked outdoors and the Florida sun faded through the pain on the roof, hood, and trunk. I had the car repainted."

Anonymous, FL (2009 Toyota Corolla S 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"The primer, paint and clear coat are coming off the roof, down to the metal. The area on the roof that is peeled is about 30 inches in diameter, with another spot about 6 inches long. Will have to have the roof repainted."

Dan P., CO (2009 Toyota Corolla Base 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"Rear bumper pealing substantially."

Bonnie C., MA (2009 Toyota Corolla LE 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"Florida sun is hard on paint job."

Paul F., FL (2009 Toyota Corolla LE 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Paint is chalking. Stains Like tree sap are difficult to remove."

Anonymous, FL (2009 Toyota Corolla S 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"Car is kept outside and the sun just peeled off the paint from the roof, hood and trunk. I had the entire care repainted since it has only 27000 miles and is mechanically fine and had new tires."

Anonymous, FL (2009 Toyota Corolla S 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"All of the above. Fading a little. Chalking in spots. Spider cracking on all top surfaces. Peeling on all fiberglass surfaces"

Kevin H., CA (2009 Toyota Corolla S 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"Oxidization of paint"

Anonymous, AZ (2009 Toyota Corolla S 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"rear part of roof is cracking, peeling and looking pathetic. Horizontal part of trunk is looking a little wan, but not as bad as the roof"

Anonymous, FL (2009 Toyota Corolla 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"Clear coat detererated above the windshield and scuffs to the forward cowling"

Anonymous, CA (2009 Toyota Corolla XRS 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Paint is chalking. Appearance of flat paint. Stains like tree sap difficult to remove"

Anonymous, FL (2009 Toyota Corolla S 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"Paint has chipped in inexplicable areas on the hood and on the front doors. In some areas it looks as if paint has faded!"

Anonymous, VA (2009 Toyota Corolla LE 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"horrible peeling of the plastic coating over the paint. the peeling of the rubber around the windows--not what one excepts from a Japan-made vehicle"

Anonymous, FL (2009 Toyota Corolla LE 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"All examples listed have occurred. Fading.chalking,cracking and peeling"

Eddie M., NM (2009 Toyota Corolla Base 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"paint seems to be very thin, it chips and the primer can be seen"

Robert R., TX (2009 Toyota Corolla S 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"The paint is coming off. There are more areas and each one small, under 1 cm. I am noticing more places over the past few months"

Anonymous, IN (2009 Toyota Corolla)

"paint is fading on roof, hood and top of trunk and the rear of the roof has a large area chalking, cracking, and peeling. The car is garage kept and washed every other week and waxed monthly"

John S., AZ (2009 Toyota Corolla LE 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"Lots of sun in Galveston. Paint on roof faded. Not a major problem"

Jack S., TX (2009 Toyota Corolla Base)

"Paint has faded on hood. Paint cracking on front and rear of vehicle"

Anonymous, ON (2009 Toyota Corolla LE 1.8-L 4 Cyl)
Rust

"Rust around the moldings"

Anonymous, NC (2009 Toyota Corolla LE 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"Rust developed underneath the sunroof's rubber molding. The dealer repaired it but I am still concerned that it may start leaking in the future"

Robert D., NJ (2009 Toyota Corolla LE 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"Rusting underneath vehicle, probably a consequence of salt air (Galveston) and age rather than Toyota workmanship."

Jack S., TX (2009 Toyota Corolla)

"Patches of rust occurring on the roof section of the cat. There are four incidences of this problem. the affected area equals approximately 1 sq cm."

Stephen J., ON (2009 Toyota Corolla LE 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"Rust around the rear wheel wells on both sides of the car. started around 2017"

Anonymous, QC (2009 Toyota Corolla Base 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"We live in a sub-tropical climate --Galveston, Texas-- along the Gulf Coast. Rust is inevitable. It occurred OUTSIDE, not "in", as you suggest."

Anonymous, TX (2009 Toyota Corolla Base Unsure)

"Paint peeling caused roof and trunk to oxidize. Paint was defective."

Anonymous, (2009 Toyota Corolla LE 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"There was some surface rust which we'll repair shortly"

Anonymous, (2009 Toyota Corolla Unsure 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Galveston, Texas. Salt air. Top of car rusting. Same thing happened to last one after 10 years. Sandpaper and Rustoleum ought to give me another 10 years"

Jack S., TX (2009 Toyota Corolla)

"Left door on bottom edge got some rust"

Anonymous, ON (2009 Toyota Corolla LE 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"Excessive rust areas around wheel well on front and rear driver side"

Anonymous, ON (2009 Toyota Corolla LE 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

Brakes

Antilock system (ABS), parking brake, master cylinder, calipers, rotors, pulsation or vibration, squeaking, brake failure or wear.

What Owners Say

Antilock system (ABS)

"twice experienced engine acceleration while putting on brakes"

Anonymous, ON (2009 Toyota Corolla LE 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"the car has never properly braked or stopped on icy pavement, a problem I have NEVER experienced with any other vehicle (I have driven many brands & types) or abs system! Toyota checked it out & says they are OK! the wheels "lock up" & I cannot steer"

Anonymous, IL (2009 Toyota Corolla Base 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"The left rear speed sensor need to be replaced"

Anonymous, MD (2009 Toyota Corolla XLE 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"Speed sensor continually failing"

Anonymous, ON (2009 Toyota Corolla Base 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"Warning light. Have not had checked out yet"

Norman D., NH (2009 Toyota Corolla Base 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Within 1 week of acquiring the car I had the ABS disconnected because if I braked too quickly & hard, the brakes would not work at all & I risked crashing into whatever I was braking to avoid"

Stephen S., QC (2009 Toyota Corolla LE 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"I have a abs light on which is due to a sensor but to fix it I have to pay for a wheel bearing for a total cost of $600 plus"

Anonymous, ON (2009 Toyota Corolla Base)

"Sensor went bad. Had Geico breakdown and they wouldn't honor it. Said rust voids coverage. Got rid of Geico"

Stephen G., IN (2009 Toyota Corolla LE 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"Issue related to TSB-0205-09. Known defect in ABS wiring/connector caused entire ABS, VSC, and TRAC systems to disable. Warranty coverage was only 3 years (from original purchase). Costs $700 per wheel (x 2) to fix. Should have been recall, not TSB"

Anonymous, ON (2009 Toyota Corolla XRS 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Rear sensor issue. The code is for dirty sensor. The ABS had strange behavior activating when not needed at all (loss of braking power due to ABS thinking the car lost traction). Toyota disconnected the sensor some month ago and repairs will be next week."

Anonymous, QC (2009 Toyota Corolla Base 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"Sensor in therear failed. ABS did not detect correctly that sensor failed and remained operational in some cases. This lead to lossof braking power. Complete read wheel remplacement on both sides."

Anonymous, QC (2009 Toyota Corolla Base 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"The ABS control unit under the hood is failing, resulting in the ABS functionality to be reduced and at times not work properly, affecting the traction control system as well. The cost of repair/replacement of the unit is significant."

David J., MI (2009 Toyota Corolla S 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"The ABS failed on a corner and caused me to go off a small cliff. I am lucky to be alive"

Anonymous, CO (2009 Toyota Corolla S 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"Problems stopping when one inch or so of snow car would not stop when I wanted and I have driven cars for 3 Million KM,s. I had it back to the dealer several times and I told them not to put ABS system on as it was not working on my car. I have driven the car without the ABS system and I am satisfied it is not a safety concern for myself with my driving experience but my wife is afraid to drive it as she has had some close encounters with old system ABS. I felt the sdealer was passing the buck a"

Lloyd M., NS (2009 Toyota Corolla LE 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Car would not respond when two or more inches of snow was present and you could not get the car to stop and several times I had close calls yet dealer said all was well and suggested I pump the brakes. I did all these things and it did not work for me and with 3 million or so km,s under my belt as a traveler. I told them not to use my ABS brakes so I use my car breakes without ABS. Another good winters driving for me yetr feel Toyota let me down but otherwise Toyiota is still my dependable brand"

Lloyd M., NS (2009 Toyota Corolla LE 1.8-L 4 Cyl)
Calipers

"Calibers had to be replaced at 35K miles, premature and two sets of break pads along with rotors"

Anonymous, IL (2009 Toyota Corolla S 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Apparently one had ceased"

Anonymous, BC (2009 Toyota Corolla S 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"Normal wear and tear"

Anonymous, NY (2009 Toyota Corolla LE 1.8-L 4 Cyl)
Master cylinder

"Failed and had to be replaced"

William G., TN (2009 Toyota Corolla S 1.8-L 4 Cyl)
Normal routine brake wear

"Car wasn't braking as well as it had been"

Anonymous, PA (2009 Toyota Corolla Base 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"Routine brake wear, rotors needed turning and pads replaced"

Ed Z., MD (2009 Toyota Corolla S 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"Had to replace the brakes in December 2014"

Anonymous, MD (2009 Toyota Corolla LE)

"Replaced pads"

Merle S., MN (2009 Toyota Corolla LE 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"$800 break repair at 40,000 miles seemed high"

Anonymous, PA (2009 Toyota Corolla S 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"The second car needed new brake pads on the front (disc) and turned rotors"

Anonymous, UT (2009 Toyota Corolla LE 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"First time to have brakes done after 6 years.Dealer showed me the wear"

Anonymous, ON (2009 Toyota Corolla Base 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"Brakes used. Changed discs and pads"

Yvan P., QC (2009 Toyota Corolla XRS 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Had to replace the brakes, unexpectedly. To be honest I'm not 100 % certain if this was necessary or I was being sold a repair by Mavis Discount Tire (who were installing snow tires and said my brakes were shot)"

Lee P., NY (2009 Toyota Corolla XLE)

"Wear was down to 1 mm after 64,000 mi."

Martin K., CA (2009 Toyota Corolla S 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"They started to grind when I would brake so I knew they were probably worn out"

Anonymous, NC (2009 Toyota Corolla)

"just needed new brakes"

Anonymous, MN (2009 Toyota Corolla LE 1.8-L 4 Cyl)
Parking brake

"The self adjusting rear brakes had to be manually adjusted"

Anonymous, MO (2009 Toyota Corolla LE 1.8-L 4 Cyl)
Premature brake wear

"Replaced pads & rotors at 39000 miles, mechanic told me that was earlier than it should have been"

Anonymous, KS (2009 Toyota Corolla LE)

"The pads on the left front were worn out but the right front were worn normally"

Linda P., GA (2009 Toyota Corolla LE 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"this is the second time fixing the breaks in this 2009 car"

Anonymous, ON (2009 Toyota Corolla Base)

"Brake pads wore out at only about 25000 miles, very premature. I replaced them myself."

Rafiq A., AL (2009 Toyota Corolla Base 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"This is the second time the brakes show wearing out, only 4 years since previous brakes replacement at 5 years with very low mileage (driving approximately 8000 miles per year)."

Anonymous, MD (2009 Toyota Corolla S 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"The front brake rotors would warp after about 4-5,000 miles. I would have to take the car back to have the rotors resurfaced. After the 3rd time having this done they replaced the rotors and I have had no problem with them since. The work I had done on the brakes was done by AAA Car Care, they never charged me for any of they work as it fell within their warranty period."

Ron A., CA (2009 Toyota Corolla XLE 1.8-L 4 Cyl)
Regular brake failure

"New rotors. New brake pads."

Anonymous, CT (2009 Toyota Corolla Base 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
Rotors

"Had problems with the rotors a number of times. Had them resurfaced. Had them replaced a number of times."

Charles G., AZ (2009 Toyota Corolla LE 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"Front breaks needed to be completely replaced"

Anonymous, OH (2009 Toyota Corolla S 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"They needed to be replaced"

Robert C., FL (2009 Toyota Corolla LE 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Nothing catastrophic, just needed new brakes. The rotors were worn. I believe that I may ride my brakes more than some. I do mostly inner city driving"

Candace A., TN (2009 Toyota Corolla S 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"I was told rotaors along with replacing brake was normal wear. I had the front brakes 1st last year, then 6 mo later the back"

Joan W., FL (2009 Toyota Corolla LE)
Squeaking

"had to go back to toyota dealer several times as after replaced brakes they still made nose. Then redid the whole job. Mechanic blamed the new type of harder pad material Toyota was trying out"

Anonymous, AZ (2009 Toyota Corolla LE 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"The brakes needed replacement, that's all. To be expected after certain number of miles."

Anonymous, FL (2009 Toyota Corolla LE Unsure)

Engine Cooling

Radiator, cooling fan, antifreeze leaks, water pump, thermostat, overheating.

What Owners Say

Water pump

"needed replacement due to part failure"

Anonymous, SC (2009 Toyota Corolla Base 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"the water pump seized up at 79000 miles and broke the serpentine belt"

Anonymous, VA (2009 Toyota Corolla S 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"Grating or grinding noise coming from engine compartment turned out to be water pump failing. Replacement solved the problem"

Ronald H., NE (2009 Toyota Corolla LE 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Crack in the water pump found on routine maintenance with subsequent leak of coolant"

Anonymous, MI (2009 Toyota Corolla LE 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"The water pump literally blew off the car and it struck the timing belt and knocked it off"

Judith M., OH (2009 Toyota Corolla LE 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"failing--needed replacement"

Ronald B., MN (2009 Toyota Corolla LE 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"Pump failed, but Toyota fixed it for no cost even though the car was out of warranty"

Anonymous, AL (2009 Toyota Corolla LE 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"Water Pump failed on a busy interstate and before I could get to a safe place to stop the car, my engine died. The mechanic said that I "cooked" the engine while driving with the failed water pump. Toyota should have replaced the water pump!"

Anonymous, NJ (2009 Toyota Corolla LE 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"It went out and was replaced"

Anonymous, SC (2009 Toyota Corolla LE 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"Had to replace water pump, repaired by dealer"

Brian M., NV (2009 Toyota Corolla S 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"had to be replaced"

Ronald H., NC (2009 Toyota Corolla LE 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"Replaced"

Anonymous, PA (2009 Toyota Corolla LE)

""water pump leak" ; fixed under warranty"

Anonymous, CA (2009 Toyota Corolla LE 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"I though it went out to early . bearings wore out"

Orland H., FL (2009 Toyota Corolla LE 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"The water pump failed at 59,000 miles"

Anonymous, NJ (2009 Toyota Corolla LE 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"water pump leak.360.00 for new pump plus labor"

Frank C., CA (2009 Toyota Corolla LE 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"Leaking"

Anonymous, NJ (2009 Toyota Corolla XLE 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"The water pump went out; the car stalled on me and all of my antifreeze leaked out of the car"

Donna S., TX (2009 Toyota Corolla S)

"Water pump failed at less than 44000 miles. I negotiated with dealer service dept; got it replaced at N/C (they charged corporate)"

Anonymous, MD (2009 Toyota Corolla LE 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"Water pump failed required replacement"

Anonymous, ON (2009 Toyota Corolla LE 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"Cracks discovered in water pump housing; Toyota hesitant to replace the pump before it failed but I insisted at next appointment that it be replaced; they did so at no cost under extended warranty"

Neal K., ON (2009 Toyota Corolla XRS 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"1. Pump was beginning to leak after 65000 mi--showed spray mark on inside of hood. 2. Other problem was replacement of left front axle; boot was leaking fluid"

Gregory W., NJ (2009 Toyota Corolla)

"It stopped working"

Ray H., NC (2009 Toyota Corolla)

"It had to be replaced AT 37,000 miles. However, Toyota made good on the cost"

Anonymous, MD (2009 Toyota Corolla LE)

"Bearings went bad. Water pump was replaced"

Anonymous, SC (2009 Toyota Corolla LE 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"Water pump started leaking more and more. Was replaced under extended warranty"

Chris J., RI (2009 Toyota Corolla Base 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"I was a victim of the issue described in this TSB from Toyota, just a few miles and months after the warranty expired: SB0362-09R1.....12/04/2009 Cooling System - Coolant Leak/Noise From Water Pump Introduction Some 2009 - 2010 model year Corolla"

Anonymous, WI (2009 Toyota Corolla S 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"noisy bearing and leaking (owner self repaired)"

Anonymous, OH (2009 Toyota Corolla Base 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"Water pump failure, needed to be replaced"

Anonymous, DC (2009 Toyota Corolla LE 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"Waterpump bearing went bad and needed changed"

Anonymous, NC (2009 Toyota Corolla S 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"Noise from under hood , Mechanic found problem before I had any total failure or damage. Parts from Toyota 124.05 including 1 gallon pre-mix anti-freeze. Labor for repairs 50.00 with my local mechanic, who worked for Toyota for 10 years. I feel failu"

Bill M., KY (2009 Toyota Corolla LE 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"froze up, breaking belt"

J S., ME (2009 Toyota Corolla Base 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"The bearings went bad causing the serpentine belt to break."

Harold M., AL (2009 Toyota Corolla S 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"Pump developed small leak - replaced it"

Anonymous, CA (2009 Toyota Corolla LE 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Since 2013, car inspections said my water pump was leaking, but I never saw any indication of it or had to replace soolant. Finally, in 2019 it sounded like the bearings were going out of it and I had it replaced."

Anonymous, IN (2009 Toyota Corolla LE 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"For six years, the dealership always said I had engine coolant leak, but I never had to refill the coolant fluid Six months ago, the engine made a very bad sound, but kept running. When I looked under the hood, I could see a lot of dried coolant around the water pump area. That is when I replaced it."

Anonymous, (2009 Toyota Corolla LE 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"made wining sound"

Anonymous, (2009 Toyota Corolla S 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"Bearings out complete new. 228.00 cost Could have broke on highway"

Anonymous, WV (2009 Toyota Corolla LE 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"Water pump failed with no prior notification of leak or other problem. We were driving down the interstate when the water pump bearing failed and through the belt. The water pump was wobbled on the bearing. Car had to be towed 2 hours home"

Scott R., MO (2009 Toyota Corolla LE 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"Have had to replace the water pump twice. The last time it was within a year of replacing it the first time"

Anonymous, TX (2009 Toyota Corolla Base 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"water pump failed on long trip"

Anonymous, ME (2009 Toyota Corolla Base 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"Water pump failed just after warranty expired. My other vehicles have had water pumps fail, but after 100,000 miles or more"

Anonymous, TX (2009 Toyota Corolla S)

"I have had to replace the water pump 2 times in the last 2 Years. Both times it totally froze up, not rotating at all. Plus it suddenly leaked most of the coolant"

Anonymous, LA (2009 Toyota Corolla LE 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"had to be replaced"

Anonymous, FL (2009 Toyota Corolla LE)

"Locked up and was replaced"

Anonymous, TX (2009 Toyota Corolla XLE 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

Power Equipment

Cruise control, clock, warning lights, body control module, keyless entry, wiper motor or washer, tire pressure monitor, interior or exterior lights, horn, gauges, 12V power plug, remote engine start, alarm or security system

What Owners Say

Alternator

"Bad Alternator"

Anonymous, PA (2009 Toyota Corolla S 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"Alternator failed and had to be replaced"

Anonymous, NC (2009 Toyota Corolla LE 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"It failed and needed replacing"

Anonymous, CO (2009 Toyota Corolla XLE 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Bearing failure"

Edward M., TN (2009 Toyota Corolla XRS 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"Failed"

Anonymous, MO (2009 Toyota Corolla LE 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"Alternator suddenly stopped working on the way to work and the dash lights came on"

Mike K., TX (2009 Toyota Corolla LE 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"The alternator had made strange noises for a long time and then suddenly seized up (after several visits to the dealer to describe the noise). I hope Toyota does better on future alternator designs"

Anonymous, NM (2009 Toyota Corolla LE 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"Alternator pulley was making grinding noise, replaced entire alternator with pulley"

Zoran P., ON (2009 Toyota Corolla LE)

"bearing failure - making noises"

Anonymous, TN (2009 Toyota Corolla LE 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"battery didn't charge."

Paul R., AZ (2009 Toyota Corolla LE 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"I took it in for servicing and told them it was making a high-pitched noise when accelerating. They examined it and said it was the alternator and replaced the alternator and drive belt."

Anonymous, MA (2009 Toyota Corolla Base Unsure)

"Had to be replaced"

Anonymous, GU (2009 Toyota Corolla LE 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"Alternator failed and with tow required to get to service center"

Scott R., MO (2009 Toyota Corolla LE 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"The car rattled and when taken to a mechanic, this was replaced"

Vicki C., WY (2009 Toyota Corolla Base 1.8-L 4 Cyl)
Battery (not hybrid or electric)

"Battery died, but would have been 5 yrs or more old"

Ronald H., NE (2009 Toyota Corolla LE 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Car did not start,AAA gave me a , 3 blocks later the car died."

Anonymous, CA (2009 Toyota Corolla)

"Battery lost charge. Car would not start. Battery was charged and was good for several months Battery lost charge again and engine would not start. Battery was replaced as it would no longer hold a charge. Probably just a normal battery wore out and needed replacement. The battery was in the car when I purchased it as a used car."

Anonymous, (2009 Toyota Corolla S Unsure)
Battery cables

"will need replacing"

Anonymous, FL (2009 Toyota Corolla LE)
Coil

"The car failed to start and had to be towed for service. The No. 2 cylinder coil failed and had to be replaced"

Anonymous, MA (2009 Toyota Corolla LE 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"Car started to run rough and intermittently quit. Replaced coil; no further problems."

Anonymous, OR (2009 Toyota Corolla)

"The engine has 4 coils. One for each spark plug. Two have gone bad probably due to age."

Harold M., AL (2009 Toyota Corolla S 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"All 4 ignition coils failed."

Anonymous, FL (2009 Toyota Corolla Base 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"Car stopped starting. 2nd time that a coil failed."

Anonymous, IL (2009 Toyota Corolla Unsure Unsure)

"I stopped at a store on the way home from work and when I got back in the car it was running very roughly. I managed to get it home and had it towed to Toyota the next day. They replaced more than one coil ( I think three) and I got the car back the same day. They were very good about keeping me posted while they were diagnosing it and they sent the courtesy van to pick me up when the car was ready."

Anonymous, (2009 Toyota Corolla LE Unsure)

"Check engine light came on. I took it to a mechanic who diagnosed failing ignition coil. It was replaced and no difficulties remain.;"

Anonymous, CA (2009 Toyota Corolla S Unsure)

"Engine started running poorly then engine check light illuminated. The problem was an ignition coil which was replaced and have had no problems since"

Anonymous, (2009 Toyota Corolla S Unsure)

"Had to replace all coils"

Anonymous, GU (2009 Toyota Corolla LE 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"Coil wire fouled out again. I think I have all new ones now. The wiring harness fouled out 3 previously"

Anonymous, PA (2009 Toyota Corolla S 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"All 4 Coils had to be replaced in the last year due to failure"

Anonymous, VA (2009 Toyota Corolla LE 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
Electronic ignition

"replaced 4 coils"

Jerry W., MS (2009 Toyota Corolla LE 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"Ignition coil began to fail, causing engine to run rough (and check engine light to come on)."

Anonymous, NC (2009 Toyota Corolla LE 1.8-L 4 Cyl)
Engine harness

"Check engine light came on. We went to the Toyota dealer. The problem was faulty wiring and a missing cylinder. The engine wiring harness was replaced (mechanic thought it had been eaten by mice). A few days later, check engine light came on agai"

Glenn C., NJ (2009 Toyota Corolla LE 1.8-L 4 Cyl)
Ignition switch

"Car would not start, on 2 occasions, dealership had no answer other than to add ignition cleaner to the gas. Seemed to help"

Holly C., MN (2009 Toyota Corolla LE 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"have to heat key in cold, wet weather to get engine to start"

J S., ME (2009 Toyota Corolla Base 1.8-L 4 Cyl)
Spark plugs or wires failure

"Spark plugs did not work well and cylinders filled up with gas"

Anonymous, OR (2009 Toyota Corolla LE 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"Car is serviced regularly but still had the experience of losing a cylinder due to spark plug/wiring problem while a long way from home. Besides the check engine warning light and a very rough idle/firing a light indicating brake failure also came on."

Anonymous, CT (2009 Toyota Corolla LE 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"The coils failed on a couple of the plugs"

Anonymous, VA (2009 Toyota Corolla)
Starter

"Dealership replaced do to major grinding noise. Only after they first charged $1000 for fixing something that was not broke"

Kris R., TX (2009 Toyota Corolla XLE 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

Body Integrity

Squeaks, rattles, wind noises, loose or cracked seals and/or weather-stripping, air and water leaks.

What Owners Say

Air or water leaks

"Water pump started leaking and went out"

Dennis S., IL (2009 Toyota Corolla LE 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"air leaks around window edges and getting noisy"

Ed R., IL (2009 Toyota Corolla LE 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"Water pump failed"

Anonymous, IL (2009 Toyota Corolla LE 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"water pump leaking"

Anonymous, IL (2009 Toyota Corolla LE 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"I was told most Corollas have this problem at my car's age and mileage"

Charles T., MD (2009 Toyota Corolla LE 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"leaking windshield reservoir when full"

Donald J., BC (2009 Toyota Corolla LE)

"Water pump already having problems leaking. Will have to spend $625.00 to have removed and replaced by dealer"

Roffeal W., CA (2009 Toyota Corolla LE 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Water pump and alternator belt replaced"

Anonymous, MB (2009 Toyota Corolla S 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"Window seals had to be replaced. Rear window seal partially deteriorated and not leaking but not easy to fix."

Jane W., TX (2009 Toyota Corolla S 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"water pump"

Anonymous, WA (2009 Toyota Corolla LE)
Squeaks or rattles

"Squeaks while driving very annoying"

Dennis S., IL (2009 Toyota Corolla LE 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"there has been a squeak coming from the dash to the right of the steering wheel for a long time"

Anonymous, IL (2009 Toyota Corolla LE 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"Dashboard squeak since I bought the car"

Anonymous, TX (2009 Toyota Corolla LE 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"Still don't know what the problem is. Sounds like a very loud knock when the engine starts"

Anonymous, CA (2009 Toyota Corolla S 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"It seemed to be a belt squeak"

Robert M., MI (2009 Toyota Corolla LE 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"There are items under the hood that come lose and rub against the tires periodically. I am always told that there are clips missing and I have to pay for them to be installed again"

Anonymous, IN (2009 Toyota Corolla S)

"Noisy on idle"

Terry L., AZ (2009 Toyota Corolla XRS 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"constant clicking from the left front strut area when it is cold out. a couple of different mechanics and body shop have been unable to find"

Daniel G., WI (2009 Toyota Corolla LE 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"Front and Rear window installation left clips in place during production to allow window to seal. These clips squeak badly in hot weather. Took months to find TSB, dealer not aware of issue, spent $$$ troubleshooting, not impressed with toyota"

Anonymous, ON (2009 Toyota Corolla XRS 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Has always made a noise when starting. Occaisional belt squealing in cold weather."

Anonymous, MD (2009 Toyota Corolla LE 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"Noisy rattles going over any payment bumps."

Anonymous, CA (2009 Toyota Corolla LE 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"After the work on the timing chain a rattle developed by a Shield coming loose"

Anonymous, KS (2009 Toyota Corolla LE Unsure)

"something in door panel rattles during road trips. Appears to be a loose mechanism for window since rolling window up/down something helps minimize it."

Anonymous, AZ (2009 Toyota Corolla S 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Street condition in my country are not the best"

Juan H., FL (2009 Toyota Corolla LE 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"Left front suspension rattles going over bumps. Replacing the strut mount with new bearing didn't solve problem"

Anonymous, CA (2009 Toyota Corolla LE 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"Lots of road noise, and interior panels rattle"

Anonymous, TX (2009 Toyota Corolla LE 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"I ran over a speed bump and it scraped something on the bottom of car. Now there is the sound of metal rattling sometimes when I drive"

Christopher B., TX (2009 Toyota Corolla S 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"A rattle at startup then it stops"

Anonymous, ME (2009 Toyota Corolla S)

"Drive's window sometimes rattles when just open a tiny bit and weather is cold"

Robert K., MA (2009 Toyota Corolla LE 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"Car had a broken front strut that the dealer fixed just enough to sell it. Became a problem shortly after we bought it"

Mark L., OH (2009 Toyota Corolla S 1.8-L 4 Cyl)
Wind noise

"wind noise around window edges"

Ed R., IL (2009 Toyota Corolla LE 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"Since purchase, I have had the transmission replaced. It took nearly three years for the dealer to do this. It still clunks into gear from time to time. We traveled across the U.S. during the past year. We had a power steering pump replace before the"

Anonymous, UT (2009 Toyota Corolla XLE 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"passenger's side wind noise"

Anonymous, TX (2009 Toyota Corolla LE 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"Since new it has sounded like your window is down slightly, all the time. It gets worse if the wind is strong"

Anonymous, IN (2009 Toyota Corolla S)

"The wind noise level has become very noisy."

Anonymous, MD (2009 Toyota Corolla S 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"When driving in wind the radio volume must be turned up above normal levels to hear it. There is also loud tire noise even with new recommended tires."

Anonymous, KY (2009 Toyota Corolla LE 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

Suspension

Shocks or struts, ball joints, tie rods, wheel bearings, alignment, steering linkage (includes rack and pinion), power steering (pumps and hoses, leaks), wheel balance, springs or torsion bars, bushings, electronic or air suspension.

What Owners Say

Ball joints

"In 2015. car inspection reported that the right axle boot cover was cracked. As I feel I will continue to own the car for the next several years, I decided to finally replace it. As this is just a "run around town" car I did not take it on long trips; I felt no reason to replace it sooner."

Anonymous, IN (2009 Toyota Corolla LE 1.8-L 4 Cyl)
Shocks or struts

"All four years"

Anonymous, IL (2009 Toyota Corolla LE 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"leaking front strut and clunking sound going over bumps. Some noticeable bounce going over bumps"

Anonymous, CT (2009 Toyota Corolla LE 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"not leaking but very noisy"

Anonymous, NB (2009 Toyota Corolla LE 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"Front suspension need to be changed. After 300000 km in Québec, maybe it is something due."

Anonymous, QC (2009 Toyota Corolla Base 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"Leaking struts"

Anonymous, AB (2009 Toyota Corolla LE 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"Front drivers side strut leaking fluid. Both front struts replaced and balanced."

Michael G., IL (2009 Toyota Corolla LE 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"Front suspension leaked and need complete replacement."

Anonymous, QC (2009 Toyota Corolla Base 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"Normal wear"

Anonymous, DC (2009 Toyota Corolla)

"One front strut started leaking and was detected by dealer mechanic in the last revision. Will need to change both front struts in next revision due at 300000 km"

Anonymous, QC (2009 Toyota Corolla Base 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"Had to replace the rear shocks, due to one of them leaking"

Anonymous, TX (2009 Toyota Corolla Base 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"Steering, noise"

Dean K., IL (2009 Toyota Corolla 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"They wore out"

Sean J., CA (2009 Toyota Corolla Base 1.8-L 4 Cyl)
Steering linkage (includes rack and pinion)

"Front sway bar links needed to be replaced"

Anonymous, ON (2009 Toyota Corolla)
Steering wheel vibration

"Vibration of vehicle at highway speeds"

Mark-Letty N., CT (2009 Toyota Corolla LE 1.8-L 4 Cyl)
Wheel bearings

"Front right wheel bearing had to be replaced"

Anonymous, RI (2009 Toyota Corolla LE 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"the dealer said his mechanic test drove the car and heard noises from the front wheels. He said the bearings needed replacement. I was surprised -- never had a car require new wheel bearings"

Anonymous, NM (2009 Toyota Corolla LE 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"rear hub assy. and wheel bearing replaced due to incorrect installation at factory"

Tom N., IN (2009 Toyota Corolla LE 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"Left front hub bearing had excess play."

Anonymous, IL (2009 Toyota Corolla LE 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"I heard a clicking noise as I turned in a friend's driveway; he recommended I have front end checked. I was told the CV axle was bad and needed to be replaced. The car dealer ship replaced it for $409.40"

Anonymous, (2009 Toyota Corolla LE Unsure)

"replace one side"

Jerry W., MS (2009 Toyota Corolla LE 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

In-car Electronics

CD or DVD players, radio, speakers, GPS, communication system (e.g., OnStar), display screen freezes or goes blank, phone pairing (e.g. Bluetooth), voice control commands, steering wheel controls, portable music device interface (e.g., iPod/MP3 player), backup or other camera/sensors.

What Owners Say

CD player

"same as radio issue. Additional info for CD/radio issue: when it's acting up any button cuts it on and next button cuts it off and volume cannot be adjusted. It doesn't work until warmed up for many miles, and usually cut car off and restart it"

Tammy K., VA (2009 Toyota Corolla LE 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"The whole unit quit working and had to be replaced. We purchased an aftermarket unit from Best Buy to replace it."

Tim R., TX (2009 Toyota Corolla LE 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"stopped working"

Anonymous, CO (2009 Toyota Corolla LE 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
Display screen freezes up

"The AM/FM CD screen will either freeze up, or go blank, or display nonsense characters, whenever it wishes"

Donald H., CA (2009 Toyota Corolla LE 1.8-L 4 Cyl)
Display screen goes blank

"The radio screen would go blank and freeze on whatever channel and volume you were last listening to. Could last for ten minutes or all day before working again. Did this sporadically"

Chris J., RI (2009 Toyota Corolla Base 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"Apparently the radio/cd installed in our model year is of inferior quality. Sometimes when the CD is used and then you try to switch back to the radio the whole radio will turn off. The radio display will sometimes display boxes and symbols and when"

Anonymous, ON (2009 Toyota Corolla LE)
External music device interface (e.g., smart phone, MP3 player)

"Auxiliary jack stopped working so couldn't connect my iphone to play music through the system. Had to replace the part"

Maria M., VA (2009 Toyota Corolla LE 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"AUX port - erratic behavior"

Anonymous, CA (2009 Toyota Corolla LE 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"OEM sound system was installed on returned lease vehicle that was purchased used. Connections are finicky, including associated dash lights when outside temperature is -5 to +5C. Dealership did a sub-par job and the sound system needed to be replaced immediately."

Anonymous, ON (2009 Toyota Corolla Base 1.8-L 4 Cyl)
Radio

"The radio operates but has a loose wire that can not be found and needs the operator to press on the front of the radio to operate the radio successfully"

Anonymous, OH (2009 Toyota Corolla LE 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"Screen went blank"

Anonymous, TX (2009 Toyota Corolla LE 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"Radio display turns off and on and show meaningless symbols. Preselect station buttons sometimes don't work or turns radio off. Volume changes randomly sometimes. In general, radio displays random strange behavior"

Anonymous, FL (2009 Toyota Corolla LE 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"Factory installed CD/Radio never worked 100%. It acts like it has a short. Cold weather makes it worse. I have to set the radio/CD player's volume and station before cutting car off so radio/CD player works when car is started again til it warms up"

Tammy K., VA (2009 Toyota Corolla LE 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"I'm on my third radio. They keep shorting out"

Anonymous, CA (2009 Toyota Corolla LE 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"Radio was replaced 2 times by the dealer and the third radio failed (display/programming) exactly like to 2 previous radios"

Robert R., FL (2009 Toyota Corolla LE 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"The radio has interferance from Day 1. Dealership personnel first said the complaint was caused by faulty transmission from the radio stations. Wrong! Dealership then said the only way to resolve it was to replace the radio entirely which they were not willing to do. We repeatedly tried to contact Toyota directly but never was able to reach “customer service.” After six months we gave up and do not use the shop services of this supposedly top-service award winning dealership. Will never buy a other Toyota and will forever speak poorly to one and all about this."

Anonymous, IA (2009 Toyota Corolla)

"stopped working completely"

Anonymous, CO (2009 Toyota Corolla LE 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Radio will become frozen on a given station and volume level. Sometimes you cannot tune the radio or change volume level. Sometimes you cannot turn the radio off, except by using the ignition switch. Radio was replaced once, under warranty, but the replacement radio was just as bad. The radio cost $550. You would think that Toyota could do better than this farcical junk"

Donald H., CA (2009 Toyota Corolla LE 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"The radio died. At first, I could still play my one station, but I couldn't change stations. That lasted about a month. Then it died completely"

Donna R., MA (2009 Toyota Corolla LE)

Exhaust

Muffler, pipes, catalytic converter, exhaust manifold, leaks.

What Owners Say

Catalytic converter

"Sensors and item failed"

Donald S., TX (2009 Toyota Corolla LE 1.8-L 4 Cyl)
Exhaust leaks

"There was a leak in a section of pipe near a gasket. I had the manifold replaced the year prior, so to have this leak appear one month later was annoying. The leak was small at first so I waited about 10 months to have it repaired (the noise had gotten louder)."

Anonymous, NL (2009 Toyota Corolla LE 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
Exhaust manifold

"There were issues with the manifold and trying to get it fixed took a couple of visits. The mechanic could hear the engine noise coming from the manifold but he couldn't find any leaks. Did not charge for the second visit where he finally discovered what the issue was."

David B., PE (2009 Toyota Corolla 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
Loose/rattling heat shield

"loose rattling heat shield leading to adjustment and replacement of part of the piping in the exhaust. Cost was about $380 not covered by warranty"

Anonymous, ON (2009 Toyota Corolla Base 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"I gather this is an ongoing problem with this model. I mentioned my problem and the mechanic mentioned the model."

Anonymous, NY (2009 Toyota Corolla S 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Bolt holding up the heat shield under the car has rusted out and caused the shield to drop onto the pipe"

Anonymous, QC (2009 Toyota Corolla Base 1.8-L 4 Cyl)
Muffler

"Hole in muffler"

Anonymous, NY (2009 Toyota Corolla S 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
Other/unsure

"airbag recall"

Anonymous, VA (2009 Toyota Corolla)

"It's part of the takita airbag recall"

Anonymous, IN (2009 Toyota Corolla S 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"Passenger warning light on when seat occupied."

Anonymous, NL (2009 Toyota Corolla LE 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"Takata recall accomplished"

Anonymous, IL (2009 Toyota Corolla LE 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"It did not cause any problem since I did not use it. Toyota recalled and put a new air bag in May 2018."

Anonymous, TX (2009 Toyota Corolla LE 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"Was covered under recall, and fixed accordingly."

James H., WI (2009 Toyota Corolla LE 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Air bag comes on intermittently."

Anonymous, FL (2009 Toyota Corolla XLE 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Took a year to get airbag recall completed. Could not use the passenger side front seat during that time."

Anonymous, FL (2009 Toyota Corolla LE 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"Recall"

Paul F., FL (2009 Toyota Corolla LE 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"This was a manufacturer's warning and replacement covered by Toyota."

Anonymous, HI (2009 Toyota Corolla)
Pipes

"Replacement of part of the piping resulting from loose heat shield"

Anonymous, ON (2009 Toyota Corolla Base 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"The muffler was a bit noisy, so I took it to Speedy Muffler and it ended up the pipes had come apart and they had to solder them and remove a section"

Anonymous, ON (2009 Toyota Corolla Base 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

Engine Major

Engine rebuild or replacement, cylinder head, head gasket, turbo or supercharger, timing chain or timing belt.

What Owners Say

Cylinder head

"Made terrible noise when starting. There is a service bulletin on this known problem"

Anonymous, CO (2009 Toyota Corolla XLE 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
Engine rebuild or replacement

"My wife was driving the car and the engine exploded creating two large holes in the engine. Smoke came out and it was very scary for her"

Anonymous, OR (2009 Toyota Corolla LE 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"Engine completely failed. I have no reason why"

Anonymous, NY (2009 Toyota Corolla LE 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"Frustrating since this was apparently a known issue with some Corollas. Wish Toyota would have stood behind the repair better (discount?) even though it was 10 years old."

Anonymous, WI (2009 Toyota Corolla LE 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"Apparently started with gasket leak between cylinders. Replacing gasket only lasted short time. Finally had to replace engine with rebuilt from newer model."

Anonymous, WA (2009 Toyota Corolla XLE 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"Injector #2 failed in way that after driving it for 7 days with the check engine light on, but not flashing, it was cheaper to replace than repair the engine"

Richard H., IL (2009 Toyota Corolla LE)
Head gasket

"The head gasket blew out"

Anonymous, MO (2009 Toyota Corolla LE 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"Car runs as taxi--various drivers, and they can be hard on the car. The issue of the gasket cost me a tow fee plus lost time/income, plus repairs. Mechanic is great--I totally trust him with his knowledge/experience. Safety is most important"

Anonymous, ON (2009 Toyota Corolla)

"Had to replace head gasket due to pressure loss in two cylinders. Costly repair."

Anonymous, QC (2009 Toyota Corolla Base 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"Engine light went on while driving; head gasket found leaking. Coolant leaking. Cost to repair too much for value of car"

Anonymous, (2009 Toyota Corolla LE 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"a grove developed between 2nd & 3rd cylinder decreasing pressure between the 2 cylinders, and was able to be repaired by Midas"

Anonymous, (2009 Toyota Corolla XLE 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"Head gasket leak between cylinders 1 & 2 at 248,423 miles. Replaced myself for less than $250 in parts including water pump, gasket set, all coolant hoses & new head bolts. Local Toyota dealer estimated almost $3,000 for only the head gasket replacement. Also did valve job, cleaned piston tops, cleaned block PCV internal baffles, etc."

Allan K., KS (2009 Toyota Corolla XRS 1.8-L 4 Cyl)
Timing belt or chain

"Due to the water pump blowing off the timing belt I had to replace it"

Judith M., OH (2009 Toyota Corolla LE 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"Bad bearing for the timing belt/chain"

Michael M., NJ (2009 Toyota Corolla LE 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"the belt that drive alternator, ac compresser and power brakes broke at around 100,000 miles"

Anonymous, MA (2009 Toyota Corolla LE 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"We had to spendd about $1500 to get this fixed. Most people didn't even recommend fixing it."

Anonymous, TX (2009 Toyota Corolla LE 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"Check the timing belt after 100000"

Donald S., TX (2009 Toyota Corolla LE 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"Chain let go before it was supposed to be replaced"

Anonymous, NJ (2009 Toyota Corolla LE 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"The engine went chunk. Then it would race up slow down race up and Slow Down cycling"

Anonymous, KS (2009 Toyota Corolla LE Unsure)

Electric System

Alternator, starter, hybrid battery and related systems, regular battery, battery cables, engine harness, coil, ignition switch, electronic ignition, distributor or rotor failure, spark plugs and wires failure.

What Owners Say

12V power plug

"Main accessory power supply stopped working"

Anonymous, TX (2009 Toyota Corolla LE 1.8-L 4 Cyl)
Clock

"It is difficult and getting impossible to change time from std to daylight & vice cress. Control very balky!"

Anonymous, (2009 Toyota Corolla LE 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
Exterior lights (other than headlights)

"Break light burned out and no warning light came on in the dash"

Ed Z., MD (2009 Toyota Corolla S 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"Right turn signal light broke"

Anonymous, CA (2009 Toyota Corolla LE 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"one rear tail light"

Fred W., ON (2009 Toyota Corolla LE 1.8-L 4 Cyl)
Headlights

"Front headlight needed replacing"

Greg W., AL (2009 Toyota Corolla LE 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"hi beams come on, usually when it is getting dark outside,without my touching anything. this could blind an oncoming driver"

John C., CA (2009 Toyota Corolla LE)

"bulb needed replacement."

Anonymous, GA (2009 Toyota Corolla Base 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Headlight lamp had to be replaced upon failure. Continue to have clouding of clear headlight lens covers."

Anonymous, HI (2009 Toyota Corolla XLE 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"Headlights can't be turned off or on running lights with the car running. You can't turn them off if you are going through a Christmas drive through. I will not buy anymore Toyota vehicles because of this. Engineers setting in Japan think they know everything you might do with a car, but they don't"

Anonymous, TX (2009 Toyota Corolla S)
Horn

"Horn stopped working and had to be replaced"

Anonymous, MN (2009 Toyota Corolla LE 1.8-L 4 Cyl)
Interior lights

"Dashboard lights are very dim. This affect all dashboard displays. I plan to have this serviced to find and fix the problem soon, but have not taken it to a shop yet"

David O., PA (2009 Toyota Corolla LE 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"interrier lights have stayed on causing the battery to run down"

John C., CA (2009 Toyota Corolla LE)
Keyless entry

"actuater failed, both doors"

Anonymous, FL (2009 Toyota Corolla XLE 1.8-L 4 Cyl)
Tire pressure monitor

"Stopped functioning and constant alarm indicator"

Anonymous, GA (2009 Toyota Corolla LE 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"3 of 4 TPMS failed in the same month. Replaced all TPMS when I replaced all 4 tires."

Anonymous, HI (2009 Toyota Corolla XLE 1.8-L 4 Cyl)
Wiper motor or washer

"The container for the washer fluid crystallized and broke. The particles from the crystallized container clogged the line so no washer fluid was running to wash the windscreen"

Anonymous, FL (2009 Toyota Corolla XLE 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"The wiper motor would not work when temp was below -10?C"

Stephen S., QC (2009 Toyota Corolla LE 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

Engine Minor

Accessory belts and pulleys, engine computer, engine mounts, engine knock or ping, oil leaks.

What Owners Say

Accessory belts or pulleys

"Water pump rocker pulley bearing failure"

Anonymous, IA (2009 Toyota Corolla LE 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"drive belt excessive wear.. replaced"

Ronald H., NC (2009 Toyota Corolla LE 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"The water pump bearing was failing, causing noise"

Michael F., NC (2009 Toyota Corolla XLE 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
Engine computer

"My 'check engine' light came on. I took the car to my dealer.who diagnosed the vent valve needed to be replaced"

Paul J., QC (2009 Toyota Corolla Base 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"Check engine light came on. Check with several sources found (1) unable to communicate, (2) cooling issue, unclear as to whether it was coolant, thermostat or computer sensor (3) had all three replaced."

Anonymous, FL (2009 Toyota Corolla 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"The computer software is corrupted. The computer thinks that the airbags intermittently malfunction. It wrongly registers trouble codes such as : foreign object in wheel speed sensors, one for each of ALL 4 Wheels. Evaporative Emission - Orifice both Low AND High Flow, Control Circuit both High AND Low You can clear all the codes and new ones reappear. The car runs with not indication of any malfunction including perfectly functioning Anti-Lock Braking. When it was under warranty the computer m"

Anonymous, MD (2009 Toyota Corolla S 1.8-L 4 Cyl)
Engine knock or ping

"Spark plug failure."

Anonymous, FL (2009 Toyota Corolla Base 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"Has been there since 10000 miles no work done seems ok"

Anonymous, WV (2009 Toyota Corolla LE 1.8-L 4 Cyl)
Oil leaks

"actually it should be burning engine oil. need to add about 1 QT of oil every 3-4 months"

Anonymous, TX (2009 Toyota Corolla LE 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"Oil leaking from timing cover. The dealer advised a $1,700 repair to reseal the leak, but the leak is not noticible. The engine is leaking far less than a quart a month"

Christopher E., FL (2009 Toyota Corolla LE 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"timing chain gasket leak. parts: liquid gasket material less than $50. Labor price to take engine out to replace liquid gasket $2000"

Mike K., TX (2009 Toyota Corolla LE 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"losing a small amount of oil"

Anonymous, NY (2009 Toyota Corolla LE 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

Climate System

Blower (fan) motor, A/C compressor, condenser, evaporator, heater system, automatic climate control, refrigerant leakage, electrical failure.

What Owners Say

A/C compressor

"Compressor shuts down intermitently"

Bob B., FL (2009 Toyota Corolla LE)

"It would not cool well enough"

Anonymous, CA (2009 Toyota Corolla LE)

"The A/C became weaker over a week's time and then there was no cool air at all. I took it to a mechanic, but then had to take it to a Toyota dealer because the part was specialized. Once it was replaced the A/C operated as usual."

Anonymous, DC (2009 Toyota Corolla LE 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
Automatic climate control

"The air positioner knob quit functioning fully."

Anonymous, OH (2009 Toyota Corolla LE 1.8-L 4 Cyl)
Blower (fan) motor

"doesn't come on until turned on level 3"

Anonymous, MN (2009 Toyota Corolla LE 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"A/C Heater fan occasionally will not work, however, it eventually starts working after a few to 10 minutes. Not bad enough to take to the mechanic yet."

Craig M., TX (2009 Toyota Corolla)
Condenser

"The air conditioning drain in the car became plugged due to the car being parked under a tree that dropped white buds onto the car and clogged the system. This led to water backing up and destroying the 0 2 sensor as well as flooding the car on the p"

Anonymous, OH (2009 Toyota Corolla LE 1.8-L 4 Cyl)
Electrical failure

"blower motor switch has broken and needs to be replaced. 85 dollars for one plastic knob"

Buckey M., AZ (2009 Toyota Corolla S 1.8-L 4 Cyl)
Heater system

"When it is very cold outside, it stays quite cold inside even though I have the car heater on the highest number"

Lisa N., NY (2009 Toyota Corolla)
Refrigerant leaks

"Started leaking after 90,000 miles"

Anonymous, PA (2009 Toyota Corolla S 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"needed to replace radiator and water pump in the last 50,000 miles"

Anonymous, CT (2009 Toyota Corolla S 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

Drive System

Driveshaft or axle, CV joint, differential, transfer case, 4WD/AWD components, driveline vibration, traction control, electronic stability control (ESC), electrical failure.

What Owners Say

CV joint

"Replaced CV boot"

Anonymous, OH (2009 Toyota Corolla LE 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"In the past three years, both CV joints have had to be replaced."

Kathryn C., NY (2009 Toyota Corolla Base 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"simply wearing out, 310,000 on original CV's"

Anonymous, SK (2009 Toyota Corolla Base 1.8-L 4 Cyl)
Differential

"There is not much to say. It was noticeable and I took the car in and they replaced it"

James L., OH (2009 Toyota Corolla S 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
Driveline vibration

"Transmission repair left a vibration in the car that 3 service places can't figure out why and yes motor mounts were replaced. I'm chasing the unknown but cars drives fine they said."

Anonymous, (2009 Toyota Corolla XLE 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
Driveshaft or axle

"replace wheel bearing"

Anonymous, CA (2009 Toyota Corolla LE 1.8-L 4 Cyl)
Electrical failure

"Radio stopped working. By disconnecting the wires to the back speakers, the radio works. But when the headlights are on the radio light does not work."

Kathryn C., NY (2009 Toyota Corolla Base 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"Alternator died causing battery failure - car electrical system shutdown while driving locking power steering, etc."

David D., CO (2009 Toyota Corolla)

"alternator failure causing a dead battery. stranded until son in law could pick me up to get another battery. Sudden failure no warning."

Frank C., CA (2009 Toyota Corolla LE 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"Alternator failed mid-300 mile drive, battery died. Towed to mechanic, replaced alternator."

Anonymous, CA (2009 Toyota Corolla LE 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
Stability control (ESC)

"Battery light came on and stayed on. Stopped at Toyota and they said to get a new battery. Continued to drive the car all day. At end of day, steering wheel froze up, car started to stall while driving, and I could barely pull the car to safety. It w"

Anonymous, CA (2009 Toyota Corolla LE)

Transmission Minor

Gear selector or linkage, leaks, transmission computer, transmission sensor or solenoid, clutch adjustment, rough shifting, slipping transmission.

What Owners Say

Rough shifting

"3rd Gear synchronizer is weak... gear clash when cold - first few miles"

Anonymous, DE (2009 Toyota Corolla S 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"I have owned this car since 2010. It has always scared the daylights out of me when I try to accelerate from top gear. It doesn't matter if I am using the cruise control or not, when the vehicle tries to accelerate, instead of dropping down one gear out of 'D', it must be dropping into '2' because it will SLAM into the gear to get moving. This is very nerve-wracking because I am expecting to see pieces dropping from under the car as I continue to drive. The fix I have found is to shift the car into '3' on my own prior to accelerating. This prevents the issue. I took it to the local dealership twice when I first bought it, and they didn't find anything so I have just dealt with it for 7+ years."

Tom M., NY (2009 Toyota Corolla LE 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"When the engine is warm there is a transmission jump when accelerating thru 15mph"

Anonymous, VA (2009 Toyota Corolla LE 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"When hot, the transmission will jump when accelerating thru 15mph"

Richard B., VA (2009 Toyota Corolla LE 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"At times downshifting can be extremely rough, to the point it jolts the entire car and makes a VERY loud clunk noise"

Ryan D., NB (2009 Toyota Corolla Base 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"rough shifting caused by the failing transmission computer"

G B., CO (2009 Toyota Corolla LE 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
Transmission computer

"computer had to be replaced, cost about $2000"

G B., CO (2009 Toyota Corolla LE 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
Transmission sensor or solenoid

"When we took it to the dealer, they said the transmission had to be replaced. We then took it to a transmission repair shop. They told us the solenoid needed replacement at 1/10 the cost."

Anonymous, MN (2009 Toyota Corolla LE 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

Body Hardware

Power or manual windows, locks and latches, tailgate, hatch or trunk, doors or sliding doors, mirrors, seat controls, safety belts, sunroof, convertible top.

What Owners Say

Mirrors

"The right mirror no longer moves electrically. The worst thing about the car is the battery goes dead if you don't start it for a few days."

Anonymous, VA (2009 Toyota Corolla XLE 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
Seat controls - movement

"Seat has to be readjusted for seat angle & firmness about every 4 to 6 weeks"

Anonymous, FL (2009 Toyota Corolla 1.8-L 4 Cyl)
Tailgate, hatch or trunk

"Trunk would not stay open on the slightest incline. Toyota issued warranty extension and fixed"

David L., CA (2009 Toyota Corolla LE)

"trunk lid fell on me, bu this has been fixed"

Anonymous, NC (2009 Toyota Corolla LE 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"Trunk does not go all the way up without assistance, will go back down in stiff wind"

Richard L., WI (2009 Toyota Corolla LE)
Windows

"Front passenger window fell into door"

George R., TX (2009 Toyota Corolla Base 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"The rubber stripping that seals the window when it is going up and down"

Anonymous, FL (2009 Toyota Corolla Base)

Fuel System

Check engine light, sensors (includes O2 or oxygen sensor), emission control devices (includes EGR), engine computer, engine computer, fuel cap, fuel gauge/sender, fuel injection system, fuel pump, fuel leaks, stalling or hesitation.

What Owners Say

Emission control devices (includes EGR)

"Replaced 4 charcoal canisters as check engine light would come on and the dealer said there was moisture in the charcoal canister and it would have to be replaced. On the 5th one there was a kit to fix the problem, I paid for the kit the dealer pa"

Anonymous, MB (2009 Toyota Corolla Base 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"Toyota repaired and mileage has gone back to original 30mpg from 22 I was getting prior to failure"

Anonymous, CA (2009 Toyota Corolla S 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"Replaced Charcoal Canister which included RVAP smaoke test for total cost of $400."

Joe H., NY (2009 Toyota Corolla 1.8-L 4 Cyl)
Fuel cap

"This is the first vehicle i owned that i felt the need to buy and engine code reader because of the many times the check engine light comes on. Most of the time it was the fuel cap or small evaporative leak"

Daniel G., WI (2009 Toyota Corolla LE 1.8-L 4 Cyl)
Sensors (includes O2 or oxygen sensor)

"had replaced 2 oxygen sensors on this car since new"

Fred W., ON (2009 Toyota Corolla LE 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"jerky acceleration, sluggish"

Anonymous, ON (2009 Toyota Corolla LE 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"Air/fuel sensor and oxygen sensors both failed"

Anonymous, ON (2009 Toyota Corolla)

Transmission Major

Transmission rebuild or replacement, torque converter, clutch replacement.

What Owners Say

Transmission rebuild or replacement

"The transmission started bucking and revving almost as soon as I bought the car. The mechanics could not get the same results, so they said they couldn't do anything. After over two years of this, I went to the dealership and asked for their best tra"

Anonymous, UT (2009 Toyota Corolla XLE 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"transmission ate itself when warranty ended, regional manager provided replacement transmission and I paid for install"

Mike K., TX (2009 Toyota Corolla LE 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"An issue with the torgue converter caused the check engine light to come on. Although this issue did not cause any noticable change in the behavior of the car, it requires a transmission rebuild due to the location of the part. This is something I would forgo if it weren't required in order to renew the plates."

Anonymous, OH (2009 Toyota Corolla LE 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"Didn't notice any problems until suddenly transmission started to hesitate engaging after coming to a stop. Three stops later, it stoped engaging altogether. Had to replace transmission with rebuild."

Anonymous, WA (2009 Toyota Corolla XLE 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"oh the dealer does not know if the transmission needs a flush or a transmission. They just know there is a code. They always replace it. i took it somewhere else and replaced the transmission but probably could have/should have flushed it first as the code goes off no matter which things is wrong."

Anonymous, (2009 Toyota Corolla XLE 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Stripped gears preventer shifting in park and 2nd"

Anonymous, CA (2009 Toyota Corolla LE 1.8-L 4 Cyl)
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